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Virginia Family Sues Abortion Doctor for Wrongful Death

Posted on Apr 25, 2011
An abortion doctor is facing both capital murder charges and a wrongful death civil suit brought by a Virginia family who alleges the man was responsible for making an anesthesia error that caused their daughter's death.

According to MSNBC, 70-year-old doctor Kermit Gosnell was running a largely illegal health clinic call the Women’s Medical Society that dealt prescription pills and performed late-term abortions. Authorities found major problems with the facility, including filthy conditions and violations of state and federal regulations.

Now, a Virginia family claims that they were referred to the clinic in 2009 by a Virginia doctor when 41-year-old Karnamaya Mongar was seeking a second-trimester abortion. Mongar, who was a refugee from Bhutan who spent more than 18 years in camps, came to Virginia just months before she sought the abortion. At the clinic, she was given too much anesthesia for her 110-pound body to handle by an unlicensed employee and died.

Gosnell, who has made millions of dollars over the last 30 years through the selling of pain pills and by performing illegal abortions, is now facing criminal charges and medical malpractice charges along with his wife and eight clinic employees. The most serious charges concern allegations that Gosnell killed at least seven viable babies with scissors during the abortion process. Another patient claims that as a 15-year-old girl brought to the clinic by her grandmother, the doctor beat her and tied her to a medical table in order to force her into an abortion.